The Silk Road Journey of Xuanzang

Tony Garone’s musical homage to the 10,000 mile journey of the 7th century Buddhist monk, Xuanzang. The music is drawn from the ancient cultures of China, Persia and India.

Xuanzang (pronounced, Juan-tsang), was a Buddhist monk from 7th century China who found discrepancies in Chinese Buddhist scriptures of that time. Because he was a devout man with a meticulous, discerning mind, he decided to leave the city of Chang'an and make the journey to India, where he would return with copies of more accurate scriptures and put to rest the inaccuracies of the existing texts in China. 

Xuanzang knew that he was to embark on a perilous journey, across mountain ranges, deserts and kingdoms that were unknown to his culture. Additionally, he knew he would have to deal with thieves and bandits, looking for neophytes traveling the Silk Road. But his faith, resolve and devotion to Buddhism was stronger than any of these obstacles. 

Ignoring the emperor's decree that anyone caught leaving the empire would be put to death, Xuanzang struck out at night with a guide who ultimately turned on him and tried to kill him while he slept.

For fourteen years, this intrepid Buddhist monk journeyed through China, Persia and India, until he retrieved, copied and translated authentic Buddhist scriptures and returned them to China. Although the emperor was furious that Xuanzang defied his decree and left the empire, he welcomed him upon his return and offered an ambassador's position to Xuanzang. Being a humble man, Xuanzang politely refused the position in lieu of translating the thousands of texts he brought back with him from India. The emperor built a temple for him and enlisted 100 monks to assist with the translations.

Xuanzang's story profoundly touches me at a deep level, as it is an example of devotion, faith and the search for truth. He risked his life countless times on the treacherous Silk Road, in order that others would be able to appreciate and share in his passion for accuracy, truth and perfection of the Dharma. 

-Tony Garone 2013

Album produced by Tony Garone and William Brown

Recorded at Interdisciplinary Studios, First Wave Digital and Box Of Armageddon Studios.

All songs © copyright 2013 by Tony Garone

Annmarie Garone - vocal on “The Search for Eternal Truth”

Casey Carney - Drums and percussion on, “The Search for Eternal Truth” and “Escape from Chang’an”

Christian W. Brown - Djembe´ & Dumbek on, “On the Shores of the Ganges” Bodhran, Djembe´ and Dumbek on, “The Vale of Kashmir”,  and Bodhran,& Dumbek “In the Garden of Lumbini” and Drums and Dumbek on, “Samarkand”

Some of the music from this album was used in the documentary film, “A Journey of the Heart” by Ravi Verma. Many thanks to Ravi for including my music in his wonderful film!

Here is the link to his site where you can watch a preview of the film and purchase the DVD:

Journey of the Heart